We Iditarod, Do You?

Posted: March 7, 2015 in Vintage Curriculum

YEA!!! Today starts the Iditarod, The Last Great Race! Part 1

We started following the Iditarod race when Julian was young. One gets swept up in all the excitement of the race even if you do not get to actually view it. Following day by day via the internet, getting bits and pieces of the race here and there is so much fun. 

Keep in mind the flick above was NOT taken by me & I do not know who the photographer was. If anyone out there does, let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. I got it off the web. I watermarked it with my logo as it is my copy that I use in my classroom. If you need pictures for your own personal classroom use, Boston.com has some adorable flicks:

Dogs and Sleds Flicks for Classroom Use

as does the Guardian: 

Check out this 279 Iditarod picture slide show flicks from Huffington post:

This one was taken by Jeff King:
While we never purchased the commercial free Premium video of the trail complete with musher interviews, the checkpoints and race analysis, we follow via the GPS tracker. You can get musher alerts, subscribe to Insider alive where you can actually ask questions via live chat, and that is SWEEEEEET!! Also live finish broadcast from Nome features the crowning of the champion and the Live Finish Cameras show all the mushers from the champion to the Red Lantern 24/7! 
In the days of years gone by, we were able to glean enough to follow along as best we could with the free subscription which features access to videos not available to unregistered users like the race documentaries, articles and much more. Registered users also get to choose a favorite musher to track and get email alerts based on their activity. You can view all the packages  the full video here:

Get the GPS tracker here:

For younger babes, I show them the following movie to get them in the spirit as well: 

So either way, you ALL can follow along the fun and excitement of the Last Great Race! So get yourself started, then come back for MORE Iditarod ideas, links & FREEBIES! 

Here is our husky, Eh-nuk. And since we are in the National Forest, it snows from time to time.

Of course Eh-nuk DIGS the snow but being the spoiled boy that he is, he also likes to come inside and keep warm:

eBay has a rather large selection of plush Husky Dog stuffed animals toys to suit your pocketbook:

Husky Dog Plush Stuffed Animal

Next I always show our Balto Movie. Babes of all ages DIG Balto!

I break out our Balto stuffed animal and set him near the TV throughout the race to remind them of the historical meaning of the race. I got him a few decades ago when my babes were young and the movie had just come out. I kept him all these years for classroom Iditarod use:

He is rather pricey on both Amazon & eBay but if you are interested in having a Balto mascot in your classroom. I found one on Amazon:


eBay has more of a selection but again, he is rather pricey as he is considered a collectable now: 

Balto Plush Stuffed Animal

Here is a Alaskan Malamute vs  Siberian Husky detailed chart which is an out-a-sight detailed comparison:

To begin our Iditarod Interactive classroom race, first, I made this bulletin board map of the Iditarod trail. I went to a satellite map site and copied it as best as I could to give my babes a sense of the actual trail terrain, hazards, climate and the like. 

First I outlined the map on a large sheet of butcher paper.  Next using a paint brush, I splotched the colors on, then dabbed at them to blend together with a wet sponge. This technique gave my map a more realistic look.

Needless to say, it took me several day to complete. Then I covered it with clear contact to preserve it for future race studies.

If you are hep to making your own somewhat realistic Iditarod trail map, LET’S  GO AMAZON SHOPPING!

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Each child chose a musher to follow, either one they just happened to like (my younger babes) or through musher and team analysis and probability. You can get some freebie graphs, charts, notebooking and other various Iditarod worksheets, activities, and the like via the links below that I will be adding later.  

I charted their chosen teams by putting the musher’s number on the dog and placing it in its correct location (or thereabouts) daily. Adding unchosen teams to the mix proved an exciting and sporting interactive Iditarod to classroom race!

And here is your first FREEBIE!!! A vintage Eskimo dog sled paper toy from our AKGHV Teacher’s Notebook Store:


 Vintage Eskimo Dog Sled Paper Toy

Here is a close up of my bulletin board musher and dogs. I printed out a set of dogs for each child and colored the booties to match. To make the musher, first I colored the musher then glued the sled frame onto the back of the runners and let it dry. Then I glued the back of the pack onto the back of the frame and let it dry. I turned it over, then glued cover on the pack above the dotted line. Next, I folded the flap up and glued the inside contents on the pack back and let dry. Last I glued the musher’s hands onto the sled. Then I connected the musher and sled with black yarn for the harnesses, tuglines and ganglines to the huskys.

And now for another FREEBIE! You can print out our musher and dogs for your own Iditarod interactive bulletinboard with the following templates from our Teachers Notebook Store:

 AKGVH Iditarod Interactive Bulletinboard Templates 

Check out Rachel from the Tattoed Teacher’s  Iditarod Map Tracking activities for the older child:


Jr. High & High school children can make their own authentic sled dog harness with the following tutorial:


WHOAH!!! DIG these Historical sled dog harnesses: 


If you are into sewing, here is a real far out dog bootie sizing FREEBIE printable for the pup in your life! With this chart, you can quickly sew booties for your  beloved pup: 

If your babes want to talk like a musher, DIG this youtube video. You can also make a vocab chart or word wall with the words you have learned: 

Here is another Iditarod Bulletin Board Set you can get from the 3AM Teacher Shop on Teacher’s Notebook: 


Here are some fun Pre-K-K Musher printables from Making Learning Fun: 

Your babes can race online with Scholastics Be a Musher Game. Just click on the link below and take off!! 

Dig this Mush Rush! internet game from Ecokids: 

Here is a dog team for your babes to cut out and stand up from Yukon Quest Educational Activities: 

Stand Up Sled Dog Team

Keep on moving with the 2015 Iditarod race in AKGVH Part of 2 post packed with MORE activities, fun & FREEBIES, DIG the quick link: 

We Iditarod, Do You? Part 2

Once again, I am off to get updates on the race, so be sure to check back soon for more Iditarod FREEBIES, activities and fun!!

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  1. Carolin says:

    I love the map and all the resources you've created. I bet the kids loved it.

    Thanks for linking up with our Parenting Pin It Party x

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